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62 Flat Earth Society

For March 2: Day 62/366 of the Story-a-Day Challenge

By Gerard DiLeoPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 2 min read
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Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, and Uriel....with Boreas, Zephyrus, Notus, and Eurus.

It turned out the Earth really was flat.

All of his data, which he knew to trust unconditionally and whose accuracy was beyond reproach, was tweaked. He had corrected for a decimal place here, a pixel there--Voila! We were so wrong all these years. About so many things. There was a new wind a'blowin'.

Perhaps Earth exploration needed a new manifest destiny. To the edge!

He thought about those conquerors who had gotten too close. Had their expansionist ambitions pushed them over?

He invoked Revelation 7:1:

“I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back its four winds.”

He invoked Euclid:

Three points make a plane; four corners make Earth flat!

Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, and Uriel were his protection from the four winds--Boreas from the North; Zephyrus, the West; Notus, the South; and Eurus, the East.

Tabula Anemographica seu Pyxiis Nautica ventorum nomina sex linguis repraesentans, Jan Janson, 1650

He knew winds, however favorable, abruptly turn. Fair winds can foul as capriciously as ill winds can lose their stench. Things can change. So could people.

He invoked Dylan:

"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the winds blow."

He worshipped the breaking news and saw winds of change: Monarchy to Democracy, to Aristocracy, to Autocracy, to Theocracy, to Idiocracy.

He invoked the philosopher, Sumus Cocoonus:

"Sometimes a democracy just gets what it deserves."

Is it really about truth and justice and the American way? he wondered. Really, Superman? What would Nietzsche say? Was Übermensch born under a red sun?

He considered the kings who had risen and fallen; societies that had experimented wildly; good-idea revolutions. And the many suffering persecution for justice's sake. Did any get their kingdom of Heaven?

He knew history.

Some made it in 1776, all in one day. Others abroad knew what they had and allowed them to either mellow or sour, via revolt or complacency. Some change and get along; some don't. Many can never.

But then, he realized, a democracy gets what it wants before it just gets what it deserves. We can shove anyone who disagrees off to the side until they just fall off the edge.

"Such righteousness, on our good, flat Earth," he shouted triumphantly, "is in the Bible! It's Divine Right!"

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About the Creator

Gerard DiLeo

Retired, not tired. In Life Phase II: Living and writing from a decommissioned Catholic church in Hull, MA. Phase I: was New Orleans (and everything that entails).

https://www.amazon.com/Gerard-DiLeo/e/B00JE6LL2W/

email: [email protected]

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  • A. J. Schoenfeldabout a month ago

    Favorite line: He worshipped the breaking news and saw winds of change: Monarchy to Democracy, to Aristocracy, to Autocracy, to Theocracy, to Idiocracy

  • LASZLO SLEZAK2 months ago

    Marvelous work.

  • Thavien Yliaster2 months ago

    Does this disregard the Pac-Man theory/phenomenon when it comes to flat earth idealogy?

  • Anna 2 months ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳🥳🥳

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Terrific!!! Congratulations on Top Story!!!💕🩷❤️

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Hannah Moore2 months ago

    Shoving the naysayers off - this is a fantastic line

  • Rachel Deeming2 months ago

    It is flat, isn't it?

  • Interesting article. I enjoyed reading this. Of course with our modern-day technology, we are able to take pictures and videos of the planet Earth and we do in fact see that it is round thus dispelling Revelations' four corners of the Earth passage. I thought I was subscribed to you. But I am not. Therefore I am now.

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Sounds like he needs to be shoved of the edge. Well done and congrats on the TS.

  • Such a fascinating, thought-provoking examination of justice, truth, and the development of society that skillfully combines biblical allusions with philosophical reflections.

  • Is it actually in the Bible? Sorry for ny dumb question 😅

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